The Toronto Adventures
The Toronto Adventures chronicles the real life story of a Cape Breton girl as she moves to “the big smoke” (psst – that’s Toronto) to make it as an actress. The inevitable culture clash is played out, often to humourous effects. Through it all the protagonist never loses her sense of humour which she filters into a series of emails she sends home. Both in the play and in real life, those emails eventually find their way into the pages of the Toronto Star thanks to the power of the forward button.
The Toronto Adventures is a frustrating play, in that it has moments of absolute hilarity (the jokes surrounding the Nanna character remain funnier much longer than you’d expect) but they are coupled with contrived moments of pathos. The protagonist’s roommate, a guitar playing free spirit provides some of the best moments, particularly a musical number about Nova Scotians in Toronto. Unfortunately, his songs also accompany the most serious scenes, making them almost embarrassing to watch.
Most disastrously, the play comes off as self-indulgent. Writer-director Lindsay Kyte plays herself, which makes sense in theory. But it’s difficult to watch her mug for the audience without thinking about her writing it into the script.
The adventures continue, Saturday September 8 at 3:30pm and Sunday September 9 at 5:45pm at the Neptune Studio Theatre.